Mauney Party, US, June 2013

SWING Golf made our trip to Ireland possible. After two false starts we finally made it to Ireland in June 2013. SWING helped with every stage of the planning and was unfailingly informative and flexible. We had a great, not just good, trip and SWING was the difference. I recommend SWING Golf  to anyone thinking of a Irish golf trip.

All the food was high quality and met my expectations. However the food in the clubhouses was above expectations, especially the seafood chowder. The breakfast at the Arbutus hotel was the best breakfast buffet in a small hotel I have ever had and puts to shame the breakfast offered in American hotels. In Killarney, Mareena’s Simply Food was excellent and a good value. The food in the other places was good but Mareena’s was outstanding.

Regarding golf, I played in Ireland 6 years ago and my response is colored by that experience. Then the rough was an issue but playable while on this trip in places the rough was unplayable and made scoring very difficult. Lahinch, Ballybunion and the back 9 at Tralee the rough was so thick and tangled  it might take 2 shots to move the ball a few yards. This kind of rough makes it hard to like a course when you are scoring 10 shots higher than normal while playing well. With that in mind Waterville was a favorite and Lahinch’s dunes are special. Also Dooks was liked very much by those who played it and the views around Dooks are the equal of any of the other more expensive and famous courses.

Again thank you. I hope to get back to Ireland and will certainly look to SWING Golf and you for help.